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Girls track and field: Paschka hurdles to the podium as Miller takes 12th in the 1,600

Alexandria's Kaye Paschka clears a hurdle in the 100-meter race during Saturday's finals at Hamline University in St. Paul. Paschka finished seventh in that race and eighth in the 300-meter hurdles to wrap up her junior season. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)1 / 2
Alexandria eighth-grader Aleah Miller (left) runs with the pack during the 1,600-meter run at the Class AA state meet on Saturday. Miller finished 12th in the race with a time of 5:09.34. (Eric Morken / Echo Press)2 / 2

Alexandria’s Kaye Paschka wrapped up a big junior season for her by securing a couple top-eight finishes at the Class AA state meet.

Paschka made the finals of both the 100 and 300-meter hurdles by qualifying on Friday. She came into Saturday wanting to enjoy the experience and to improve on her prelim times. Mission accomplished. Paschka was seventh in the 100 hurdles in 15.15 and eighth in the 300 in a personal-record time of 45.23.

“I’m happy with my races,” Paschka said. “For me, I really wanted to try to get some PRs. I was really trying to race against myself, but I’m glad I made it to the finals too. It was great to race against some amazing athletes.”

Natalie Windels of Eagan won the 300 hurdles in 42.21 and the 100 hurdles in 14.35.

Paschka has one more year in a Cardinals uniform and looks forward to the opportunity to try to get back and improve on her times during her senior year.

“I think I can definitely run faster,” Paschka said. “I’m going to work hard training, lifting and I’m in other sports too. I think that helps me stay pretty well rounded, but I’m looking to improve for next year.”

Miller gets her first taste of state

Alexandria eighth-grader Aleah Miller got her feet wet at the state meet on Saturday as she took 12th in the 1,600-meter race.

Miller finished in a time of 5:09.34. That was more than 10 seconds faster than her seed time of 5:19.51 that she came in with.

Emily Kompelien of Edina won the 1,600-meter race in 4:46.36.

Eric Morken

Eric Morken is the sports and outdoor editor at the Echo Press and Osakis Review newspapers in Douglas County, MN. Follow him on Twitter at echo_sports.

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